Thursday, November 3, 2011
"the particular sadness of lemon cake"
with such a title, you can imagine some found the book particularly sad. i thought the narrator had a darkly humorous and slightly hopeful tone ... but maybe i read that into it. to me, it has a tone similar to jeannette walls in the glass castle... a weird childhood told in an optimistic manner.
some at book chicks thought the author strayed too far from reality. i say, it's fiction - we suspend beliefs when we open a book. but that makes for a read that isn't necessarily "get lost into" fiction ... we are aware that it's not real when characters have special powers.
one aspect i particularly enjoyed was the commentary on modern food production ... through the narrator's taste buds the coldness of factory made food or the plight of fruit pickers is brought to the table.
my source: book chicks
my verdict: good read, great discussion. something out of the ordinary.